Projects

COMPLETED WRITING PROJECTS!

Writing projects are always getting started and it’s a perfect time to find out more! Each fall projects are conceived as the fall term gets underway. Got an idea for a project? Please contact Julia Chiapella at julia@santacruzwrites.org and share your idea! Meanwhile, take a look at some completed projects from prior years.

 PROJECTS 2013 – 2014

teacher, Jessica Murray  Wed/Fri
3/3-4/11/14
Mission Hill Middle School
7th grade
THE ART OF PERSUASION:

Students will uncover their “most unfair practice” and write an essay detailing why this practice must be changed.Publication: Book TEACHER: Jessica Murray

teacher, Linda Muehlhauser  Tues/Fri
3/25-5/6/14
Brook Knoll Elementary 4th Grade
THAT’S AWESOME:

Working in this 4th grade Scotts Valley classroom, WPAs will help students write a work of fiction, poem, or personal narrative they’re passionate about. Publication: BookTEACHER: Linda Muehlhauser

teacher, Jody Lust Wed/Fri
4/16-5/16/14
Gault Elementary 5th Grade
STORIES FROM THE HEART:

Students write a work of fiction on something important to them, something that made a difference in their lives. Publication: BookTEACHER: Jody Lust

Deborah Christie (photograph unavailable)  Mon/Wed
1/27-3/5/14
Valencia Elementary 6th Grade
POETRY:

Students write a series of poems including couplet, ode, sensory detail, and theme poems. Publication: ChapbookTEACHER: Deborah Christie

teacher, Jessica Olamit  Tues/Thurs
1/30-3/13/14
Harbor High Grades 9-12
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS:

Essays From the Middle; students write on their experiences living between two worlds. The book, Enrique’s Journey will spark their ideas. Publication: PosterTEACHER: Jessica Olamit

teacher, Terra Barsanti  Tues/Thurs
9/26-10/31/14
Pacific Elementary Grades 4-6
RECYCLED ELVES – FAIRY TALE DO-0VERS

Students in the Independent Studies classroom write fiction pieces that rework a well known fairy tale from the perspective of one of the characters or objects in the story. Publication: BookTEACHER: Terra Barsanti

teacher, Bonnie Dankert  Wed/Fri
2/19-  3/26/14
Hartman School, Juvenile Hall; Grades 9-12
POETRY: VOICES FROM THE INSIDE

Students write a series of poems accompanied by artwork after listening to a series of guest poets. They also created illustrations to accompany their work.Publication: BookTEACHER: Bonnie Dankert

teacher, Wendy Thompson Tues/Thurs
10/17-11/21/14
Branciforte Middle School 8th Grade
THAT’S SO STEREOTYPICAL:

Students write on My Relationship with Stereotpes using John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl” as the jumping off point. Students write narratives on stereotypes and how they’ve affected their own or others’ lives. Publication: BookTEACHER: Wendy Thompson

teacher, Shelley Aschliman  Wed/Fri
Oct-Nov 2013
CEIBA College Preop 8th Grade
ESSAY: THIS I BELIEVE

Students write a the format modeled from NPR’s curriculum. Students write essays son a core belief. Publication: BookTEACHER: Shelley Aschliman

teacher, Lizann Keyes (photograph unavailable)  Wed/Fri
Sept-Oct 2013
Soquel High 9th Grade
ESSAY:  ON CHOICE

Students write a first person narrative on “Here’s What Happened: How My Choice Changed Things.” Students use Guy de Maupassant’s story, “The Necklace”, to reflect on choices and how they affect one’s life. Publication: BookTEACHER: Lizann Keyes

teacher, Jessica Olamit  Tues/Thurs
Feb-Mar 2013
Mission Hill School 8th Grade
NARRATIVE: IMPORTANT STUFF I’VE LEARNED

Students work on personal narratives reflecting on important lessons they’ve learned. The project will assemble a collection of student essays and end with a public reading. Publication: Collection of Essays  TEACHER: Jessica Olamit

teacher, Marvilyn Quiroz  Mon/Wed
Jan-Mar 2013
Shoreline School 11th Grade
NARRATIVE: A SURVIVOR’S MANUAL

Students write personal narratives directed to their peers using a close read of “Catcher In the Rye” to spark their thinking. The final output of the project is a published collection of essays and a public reading. Publication: Collection of Essays TEACHER: Marvilyn Quiroz